‘I Think He Would Be a Terrific Mayor’

President Barack Obama offered his personal endorsement for a possible mayoral run from his acting chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this morning, the president signaled his support for Emanuel’s future political aspirations, but said not to expect a final decision until after the Nov. 2 midterm elections.

During the “Good Morning America” interview, Stephanopoulos asked Obama about his vote. “You’re still a voter in Chicago. If he wants to run for mayor, does he do it with your blessing and your vote?”

“I think he would be an excellent mayor. He is an excellent chief of staff,” Obama replied.  “I think right now, as long as he is in the White House, he is critically focused on making sure that we’re creating jobs for families around the country and rebuilding our economy. And, you know, the one thing I’ve always been impressed with about Rahm is that when he has a job to do, he focuses on the job in front of him. And so, my expectation is he would make a decision after these midterm elections. He knows that we’ve got a lot of work to do. But I think he would be a terrific mayor.”

“Well, that seems like an endorsement from the president,” Stephanopoulos responded.